Currently unnamed, but known in-house as Project Olympic, the ship will measure approximately 234 metres in length, 30.8 metres wide. It is scheduled to enter service in summer 2019.
David Pickett, New Build Director, Saga, said: “We are currently liaising closely with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Hamburg, and every day is full of exciting developments. A huge amount of thought and detail has gone into the design and construction. We’ve just finalised the sizes of the restaurants and the theatre. The designs of the stunning balcony cabins are also being finalised. The whole ship certainly has the ‘wow’ factor! At the moment we’re heavily focused on technical design, the engine, generator and propulsion plant. Everything to make sure we deliver a practical, working ship of the highest specification. It’s a challenge, but certainly an exciting one.”
The new ship will be the first ever new build cruise ship for Saga and will carry 999 passengers in some 540 cabins and suites. All cabins and suites on board will offer private balconies and 15 per cent of the on board accommodation will be for solo passengers.
Passenger amenities will include two speciality restaurants, in addition to a two-tiered main dining room, a soaring four deck high atrium, as well as Saga’s signature Britannia Lounge. The ship will boast two swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor, an extensive library, beauty salon, spa and fitness centre.
Andy Yuill, Managing Director, SMC Design, said: I think people are going to be surprised by what Saga will deliver with this ship. We are maintaining the best bits of the existing brand, but introducing new and unexpected elements. It’s a ship built for a British company, with the customers at the forefront. We are working closely with the Saga team to ensure that we understand their vision which we can then develop, and turn into a reality. Plus, we’re very fortunate to be building at Meyer-Werft where I have gained considerable experience over the years – they’re the best in the world.”